An Aussie Hurricane hydro-blaster from Australian Pump Industries helps the fuel depot on Norfolk Island keep corrosion under control through high-pressure cleaning.
Norfolk Island’s fuel depot holds the islands fuel supply in six 700,000-litre steel tanks in the fuel storage area designed to comply with Mobil Australia standards. The bulk fuels stored include diesel, petrol and jet fuel.
The constant day-to-day challenge for the facility is to keep corrosion under control, which means that efficient high pressure cleaning and repainting have to be done continuously.
Arty Keeping, Chief Mechanical Officer based in the Airport mechanical workshop uses a big Aussie 5,000 psi Hurricane hydro-blaster to keep rust at bay.
Arty says that some badly affected areas of the tanks are still sandblasted, sanded and fully painted.
The heart of the Aussie hydro-blaster is a ‘Big Berty’ Bertolini HD Series 5,000 psi pump that develops 8,500 psi EWP (effective working pressure) when used with Aussie Turbomaster turbo lance.
The Hurricane blasts loose paint from the surface and clears rust fast, enabling the corrosion control program to continue efficiently. The Hurricane is powered by an explosion-proof 12.5kW slow speed electric motor with an intrinsically safe switch and starter that makes it ideal for this difficult and potentially dangerous job.
The system comes with an ASP (Aussie Safety Pack) that includes a thermal dump valve to protect the machine against running on excess bypass and a safety valve that relieves the pressure in the system in the event of a pressure spike.
The preset safety valve, an Aussie Pump innovation protects both the machine and the operator from the dangers of potential pressure spikes.
The machine uses 5,000 psi rated Aussie high pressure hose and comes with a heavy duty rated gun/ lance combination that can be used with or without the Turbomaster turbo lance.
The 6-year-old machine is used on a regular basis, providing reliable and safe cleaning capacity for Norfolk Island’s vital fuel supply.